Companies listed here are all members of the Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET). PEET activities are supported through a collaborative partnership with the EPECentre, the student interface at UC.
Generation and Transmission
Mercury is an electricity generator and retailer whose purpose is to inspire New Zealanders to enjoy energy in more wonderful ways.
100% of our generation comes from renewable sources across the north island - hydro, geothermal, and (coming shortly) wind.
We are looking for passionate & ambitious students with an interest in energy generation for our 2020 Summer Internship Programme!
We have positions available in our offices (Hamilton, Rotorua, and Taupo) as well as at generation sites (Waikato and Rotorua regions) in the following disciplines:
- Environmental Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
Our purpose: Clean energy for a fairer and healthier world
We believe that by doing the right thing by people and the planet, we're working to build a better future for our customers, communities, and environment.
What we do
All our electricity is generated from 100% renewable sources - wind, water and sun. Always will be.
Listed on both the NZX and ASX, the Meridian Group is one of New Zealand's largest listed companies and employs around 1,000 people across New Zealand and Australia. The New Zealand Government is our majority shareholder at 51%.
If you're a civil, mechanical or electrical engineering student in your final year of study we'd love to help kick-start your career with experience in the electricity industry.
Our three-year graduate programme offers:
- an individual development plan tailored to you
- on-the-job training mentoring and support
- the chance to work with leading engineers in world-class renewable assets
- rotations across our main sites in Wellington, Christchurch and Twizel
If you're studying engineering and in your second-to-last year, our summer internship is the programme for you! Get a taste of what it's like to work at Meridian with our internship programme, which runs from mid-November to mid-February. We are hiring eight interns this year to work across our main sites in Twizel & Christchurch. The programme will push you to develop real-life business and technical skills whilst working across our amazing assets, meeting some awesome people and enjoying your summer!
Transpower keeps New Zealand's energy flowing by:
- transporting bulk electricity from where it is generated (by companies like Meridian Energy and Mighty River Power) to cities, towns and some major industrial users (like New Zealand Steel)
- connecting with smaller lines companies (like Vector) who package and deliver that power to the doorsteps of New Zealand's homes and businesses
- managing New Zealand's power system (as the System Operator) so that electricity is delivered whenever and wherever needed, 24/7.
As a graduate working for us, you'll get the opportunities, experience and support to kick-start your career and achieve your goals. Right from day one, you'll be given challenging work and take on real responsibilities that will accelerate your learning.
During our 2-year programme, you'll rotate through various areas of the business. You'll gain a broad knowledge of what we do, how we work, and who we work with. By working in different areas in the business you'll get the chance to explore how you wish to shape your future with us.
For more information see Transpower Graduate Programme and Scholarships webpage or the Transpower page on NxtStep.
Check our careers webpage for information on our 2020/2021 Summer Internship Opportunities.
We're a community-owned and operated company which manages the electricity distribution network in South Canterbury.
The network connects over 31,000 customers throughout the region. Our subsidiary contracting company NETcon provides a wide range of network and electrical services while our other subsidiary, Infratec, delivers renewable technology projects in New Zealand and overseas.
EA Networks, the trading name for Electricity Ashburton Ltd, is a locally owned co-operative network company based in Mid Canterbury, New Zealand.
EA Networks owns and operates the region's electricity distribution network and an advanced fibre optic communications network.
Our people are critical to ensuring we deliver world-class infrastructure which is reliable and accessible throughout the Mid Canterbury region. Our dedicated staff are always looking at ways of improving our network and services to do things better, faster or more efficiently.
Our company values and leadership team inspire us to keep creating innovative solutions which set benchmarks in our industry.
We are seeking highly motivated people to join our innovative, friendly and dedicated team.
MainPower has been distributing electricity to the North Canterbury region for around 100 years. We deliver electricity to over 40,000 homes and businesses via 5,071 kilometres of overhead lines and underground cables, across a geographic area of 11,180 square kilometres. Our network area spans from north of the Waimakariri River, through the Waimakariri and Hurunui districts to Kaikoura.
The MainPower team is made up of around 160 dedicated field and office-based staff, spread between three depots in Rangiora (head office), Culverden and Kaikoura.
MainPower is one of the largest employers in North Canterbury.
Marlborough Lines is an industry leader when it comes to operating and maintaining rural electricity networks. We operate a dynamic network in an environment that often requires innovative thinking to meet some tough challenges. We're a forward-thinking and ambitious organisation, with a focus on being the best in all we do.
We're based in sunny Blenheim, a truly beautiful part of the country, surrounded by vineyards and close to the Marlborough Sounds. The region offers a great lifestyle for individuals and families - there's always plenty to do!
We provide structured career paths and an inspiring environment for people who are enthusiastic, quality-focused, and resourceful team players.
Network Tasman owns and operates the electricity distribution network in the wider Nelson and Tasman areas, excluding Nelson Electricity's supply area in Nelson city. Our distribution network distributes power to approximately 40,000 consumer connections in an area of 10,800 km2 in the northwestern corner of the South Island. Network Tasman itself is wholly owned by the Network Tasman Trust.
Northpower operates and maintains both the electricity distribution and fibre networks in the Whangarei and Kaipara region with more than 60,000 connected customers. We also operate an electricity generation (hydro) plant at Wairua in Northland.
We provide specialist contracting services to our partners - other network owners and operators - across the North Island of New Zealand. This includes innovative inspection network services, inspection technologies and electrical contracting services (distribution, transmission, fibre and gas).
We helped establish Whangarei as New Zealand's first ultra-fast broadband city and have over 22,000 customers connected to our fibre network across Whangarei and Kaipara.
We're a vibrant company and one of New Zealand's most innovative electricity and fibre communications businesses.
Safety, team, trust and accountability are the core values that underpin the culture at Northpower. People thrive because of the tight team spirit and ability to advance through ongoing training and study.
We've expanded from our Northland home base and grown into a multi-million dollar business working with Australasia's largest electricity networks. We now have around 1,200 staff and 13 depots across the North Island of New Zealand.
Orion plays a vital role in supplying electricity to our communities in Canterbury. We seek diversity of thought and encourage an inclusive and flexible working environment. This together with our adaptable approach positions us well for the future. We are committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and we seek to engage, build strong relationships and work together to create the best outcomes. With a strong commitment to our community, we continually strive towards a sustainable future that can be shared by all.
We are looking for students for summer work experience, studying towards a formal engineering qualification, who have a passion for electricity distribution and are keen to get some practical experience in a business that is planning for a Powerful Future. Where possible, we work with students to match them with teams relevant to their study area.
We aim to provide the best energy distribution service to our customers. To be the best, we work with the best.
Exceeding customer expectations, whether it is one of our 442,000 customers or supporting our teams to deliver a safe and reliable energy supply is a priority. If you also have the desire to do this, we want to hear from you.
We have more than 450 employees working in a range of areas including finance, gas, electricity, network operations, administration, Information Systems, health and safety and regulatory.
We offer a Graduate Programme for Electrical Engineers and each year we have 10-15 Summer Intern positions available across our whole business.
Check our Powerco Graduate Programme career page.
See our video on what it's like to be a Graduate Engineer at Powerco.
Each year, Powerco offers interns the opportunity to work with our experienced and friendly staff between November and February. Check the Powerco Vacancies Page to see when positions become available.
New Zealand's fourth-largest Electricity Management and Distribution company. We build, maintain and manage assets across Southland, West Otago, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Stewart Island on behalf of our network owners. We proactively identify opportunities to enhance investment outcomes for shareholders, monitoring and managing these investments. It's a responsibility we're proud to have.
Unison owns and operates the electricity network that distributes electricity to Hawke's Bay, Taupo and Rotorua. We are one of 27 distribution companies in New Zealand with more than 15 electricity retailers operating on our network.
At Unison we are passionate about enabling our communities to prosper and to achieve this, we know that great performance comes from great people.
We offer a range of office and field-based opportunities whether you're experienced, a recent graduate, still studying or looking for a career change.
At WEL Networks we're delivering innovative energy solutions which enable our communities to thrive and keep the lights on 24/7. We've been serving the Waikato for 100 years, distributing power from the national grid and providing a highly reliable electricity supply to over 92,000 homes and businesses. Based in Hamilton, we play an essential role in the region's economic and social development by identifying and investing in new technologies that will modernise our network and future-proof our region. We employ around 250 staff with a range of expertise to provide a fully integrated electricity network management service, which includes planning, design, delivery and operation.
Wellington Electricity is an electricity distributor - our core business is to manage the poles, wires and equipment that safely deliver electricity to about 166,000 homes and businesses in the Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua regions of New Zealand.
We know that our people are our greatest asset and our organisation provides an exciting and innovating place to work.
In order for us to provide a highly reliable and safe electricity distribution network, we need highly talented and collaborative people working with us. We offer a competitive remuneration package and provide ongoing training for the diverse and challenging roles we offer. We have a strong community focus and a robust Health and Safety profile.
Others (Consulting, Contracting etc)
Beca is one of Asia Pacific's largest independent advisory, design and engineering consultancies. After a century of operation, we have grown from a family-owned business to one of the most progressive, client-centric professional services consultancies in our region. We have more than 3,300 employees in 21 offices around the world and have delivered projects in more than 70 countries.
Graduate Programme & Summer Internships
Check out our website (linked above) for all the information on our graduate programme and summer internship opportunities at Beca, or see the Beca page on NxtStep.
Watch our graduate programme video.
The EEA is committed to providing the New Zealand electricity supply industry with expertise, advice and information on technical, engineering and safety issues affecting the electricity industry. To do this we work with and represent over 50 Corporate Member organisations and more than 400 individual professional members.
The issues we cover focus around engineering, technical and health and safety and the EEA provides an "electricity supply industry voice" to the Government, regulators, stakeholders, professional bodies and the media. The EEA also provides an extensive range of publications for the industry and public use, actively represents New Zealand in the national and international Standard development process and organise professional development training for industry staff.
Joining as a student is free and gives you free access to resources and events. You can as well join as a graduate and get 2 years free.
Electrix is a leading provider of engineering, construction and maintenance services to asset owners in the utility, industrial, commercial, resources, and infrastructure sectors.
We have been in business in New Zealand since 1955 and commenced operations in Australia in 1997. Growth is an important part of our strategy as we continue to extend our capability and explore opportunities in new markets.
Ergo's core business is to provide complete engineering solutions for medium to high voltage substations for distribution utilities throughout NZ. This includes conceptual, detailed and civil design. Ergo provides a full suite of construction support including project management, site supervision and commissioning planning. Ergos technical team support the detailed design with studies in earthing, lightning, protection and cables.
Ergo also provides engineering solutions for renewable generation including wind, solar, geothermal and hydro for small and medium generation companies. Our large industrial clients also comprise dairy processing plants, major seaports, and airports.
Ergo believes that work is part of your community and that all relationships are personal. We want you to succeed. We must work but we try and make it as much fun as possible, with lots of social events. We do not want you to have worries which is why we provide you with lunches, health and income protection insurance. We believe your personal life matters which is why we do not expect you to work overtime and we pay you if you do.
At Ergo we aim to provide interesting work, a fun and friendly environment, and look after our staff.
Check out our Graduates Brochure to learn more about working for Ergo, benefits and the application process.
We take approximately two electrical graduates every year. Applications close early/mid-June, with interviewing and job offers in July, for the following year.
We occasionally offer summer opportunities, please contact us in September/October to discuss if there are any positions in either the Auckland or Christchurch offices.
Connect with Ergo Consulting on LinkedIn.
For over 80 years Hiko Power Engineering (formerly Hamer Power Engineering) has supplied the power industry with electrical equipment, components, and tools. We work closely with our customers and our international supply partners to develop and supply quality products and solutions for New Zealand's electricity networks.
Our diverse and capable team includes degree qualified electrical engineering and operations management, as well as registered electrician and test technician skills. Technical, logistical and customer management specialists are located in Auckland and Christchurch. Our technical team's engineering expertise and experience with our applications is well known and allows us to provide robust and responsive technical support.
By working with our customers and with respected industry partners we deliver comprehensive training, installation and certification to ensure that the most current information and techniques are delivered to the end-user. This approach also allows us to offer manufacturer-backed extended warranties.
At Hiko Power Engineering we deliver certainty, reliability and long-term value based on the products that we supply and on the technical support that we provide.
Mitton ElectroNet is an ideal place for any engineer to further their engineering career. We provide a broad range of experience and allow engineers to have varied development opportunities. We provide a unique opportunity to work at a dynamic NZ owned consultancy, which returns all of its' profits back to the West Coast electricity meter owners every year.
We have consistently maintained an industry-leading position, providing expertise to a variety of clients, both nationally and internationally and are the largest HV design consultancy in NZ, with permanent offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. As such, Mitton ElectroNet seeks to attract and retain the best engineers to service our growing portfolio of clients, by providing competitive development, support, wellbeing and salary benefits to our team.
Mitton ElectroNet is a great place to work; the company is friendly and supportive and is focused on individuals, where staff are actively engaged to contribute to their own career and the future of the company. We are a respected market leader, boasting a range of applicable subject matter experts in their field and a vast and diverse range of clients, all wrapped up in a company which encourages team collaboration and learning.
Think you've got what we're looking for? Ask about starting your career at Mitton ElectroNet.
PBA is an HV equipment and service provider operating throughout Australasia supplying leading technical expertise and specialised equipment focusing on HV engineering and asset management needs.
PSC started in New Zealand and is now a global company with offices in Australia, Singapore, UK, Canada and North America. As a consultancy company, we help utilities and energy companies thrive in a rapidly changing industry. We work across the industry including Generation, Distribution and Transmission. With specific services including:
- Operational Technologies (SCADA, IT and Telecommunications)
- Power Networks (Systems studies, Generator testing)
- Distributed Energy Resources
- HVDC (with projects worldwide)
- Market Systems (software development and strategy)
At PSC you can develop your skills and take them to the world!
Tesla Consultants Ltd is a New Zealand company that has been undertaking engineering services to the Electrical Industry continuously for more than 26 years.
We have 49 staff and offer significant capability in multiple electrical engineering disciplines including substation, protection, control systems and telecommunications design. We have CBD offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
Note that we have no connection whatsoever with the US company of similar name that manufacturers cars and battery systems.
At WSP we are driven by curiosity, looking at challenges from fresh angles to deliver creative, comprehensive and sustainable solutions for a future where society can thrive.
WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering consultancy firms with more than 50,000 WSP experts worldwide. Our technical experts and strategic advisors bring a wealth of collective experience and a collaborative approach that sets us apart.
With unrivaled local knowledge harnessed from more than 150 years of pioneering the important infrastructure and environments of New Zealand, we know Aotearoa like no other.
Our Graduate Development Programme is designed to provide the best start for a rewarding and fulfilling career. Our Graduates are encouraged to tailor their development to suit their areas of interest, challenge, and aspirations.
Check out our website, www.wsp.com/nz/graduates, to learn more about our Graduate Programme.
Our Summer Internships provide you the opportunity to connect with our technical experts and strategic advisors, who can impart a wealth of collective experience and knowledge.
Check out our website, www.wsp.com/nz/summer-interns, to learn more about our internships.